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Examine the Recently Acquired Bust Of Louis XV on February 8 at the Clark During Free Looking at Lunchtime Talk

For Immediate Release

January 23, 2007

The sculpture Bust of Louis XV, by rue de Charenton Manufacture, Paris, is the subject of the next Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. On Thursday, February 8 at 12:30 pm, Kathleen Morris, director of exhibitions and collections and curator of decorative arts, will discuss this piece and its history during a half hour gallery talk. This talk is free.

The Clark recently acquired this sculpture of 18th century French monarch Louis XV made of faience fine, a form of glazed earthenware produced as a luxury item at the time. During this gallery talk, learn what this small object reveals about luxury goods, the role of the king in society, and the exuberant style of mid 18th century French art.

The series continues with Danielle Steinmann, assistant curator of education, examining Madame Monnon by Théo van Rysselberghe on Thursday, March 8. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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